When we got home from our “Weekend to Remember,” I heard the report from my housesitter, our daughter. She had a sleepover with my granddaughter on Saturday. We talked to them that night when they asked permission to sleep in our bed.

I stripped the bedding and threw all of it in the tub. I woke up at 5:30 a.m. and decided to start laundry before my devotions.

I had 8 loads!

I called Mom because she had left a message about choosing a date for our family Christmas. I rarely talk with her and spent an hour on the phone. Then my daughter-in-law stopped by, and David came home for lunch, and after they left, Derek came home for lunch.

I was glad my daughter-in-law came because I was able to get ideas for Christmas that Mom requested. When everyone left, I called Mom back and we talked for another half hour. It was 4:15 p.m. and I still hadn’t had my quiet time! I felt so guilty until I read this. . .

Leviticus 19:3, “Each of you must show great respect for your mother and father, and you must always observe my Sabbath days of rest. I am the Lord your God.” New Living Translation

God spoke to my heart that it pleased Him when I put my mother’s request ahead of my own wishes. He reminded me of the times I am intimate with my husband. Would I rather he put me first, just to cross it off his list? Or wait until he has time and can give me his undivided attention?

I want David’s undivided attention and God wants my undivided attention! Today I had to wait for a quiet time when I could give God my undivided attention. He patiently waited for me.

Dear Father God,

I am grateful for Your patience. I am grateful You put things in a way that I can understand how You feel about me. I am thankful that You love me that much. I appreciate my mother more and more each day. Give me words of comfort tomorrow for cousin Jean Ann as we say goodbye to her mother, Lois. 

In Jesus Name,


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